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We’ve just entered the 80’s!

Wednesday, 20 November 2019


Yes, we have hit the 80’s!

Before you rush upstairs to dig out your big-shouldered, day-glo, spandex power-suit from the back of your wardrobe… I’m only talking about the Survival Machines funding percentage. No time-travel I’m afraid. We’re still in the bizarre epoch future archaeologists will call the Brextinction period, marked by an increase in methane caused by the sheer amount of... well…

Let's Rock!

Friday, 1 November 2019


Team Darwin! It’s been exactly a year since we first banded together to bring Survival Machines to publication and we’re 76% of the way there! Thank you all!

But can we complete before the end of the year?

We just need a few more readers to join our band of merry, Lincoln-green astronauts, then the editors and designers can get stuck into the manuscript. So please spread the word - there’s a…

Nearly there...

Friday, 27 September 2019


Team Darwin… (or Team Survival?) …our unit of hardened warrior-readers grows by the week and we’ve just hit 71%, which means ‘Survival Machines’ is well on its way to publication!

It’s been eleven months since funding began, so we’re a fair way behind the ten months it took to bring ‘Darwin’s Soldiers’ to fruition, but I’m hoping we will be complete by the end of the year, which will mean the paperback…

The Writing Bunker

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Ste at work

Eleven months after Darwin’s Soldiers was released into the wild… and I’m still locked in the writing bunker!

As you can see from the latest photo, I’m being held by an invisible army (a burly guard is seated in the corner) and have taken to typing the Survival Machines manuscript onto gossamer, spider web paper. I’ve been sending the book to the outside world, chapter by chapter, using a fleet…

Tolkien's Neighbour

Monday, 24 June 2019


We’re making great progress! Survival Machines is nearly at 57% and when we get there I’ll crack open a tin of baked beans to celebrate. Who says writers aren’t rock and roll, hey?!

There have been a few exciting developments with Darwin’s Soldiers recently (watch this space!) and I have finished editing Survival Machines. I loved it! Bit of author’s bias maybe, but I reckon it’s another cracking…

Woah, we’re halfway there!

Tuesday, 14 May 2019


We’re no longer livin’ on a prayer because ‘Survival Machines’ is 50% funded! Which means we are closer to the finish than we are to the start, so bring it on!

Thank you everyone for your reviews of ‘Darwin’s Soldiers’ and for your support of the sequel. It’s been great fun writing these books and even more fun sharing them with you and hearing your thoughts and stories about the characters and…

Mission Accomplished!

Friday, 29 March 2019

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The first draft of ‘Survival Machines’ is complete!

There’s still a great deal to edit (103,000 words) and a few character names to arrange once we work out who is who, but the story has been finished and it’s been one hell of a ride! I can’t wait for you guys to read it and continue the journey with John and his allies.

Thanks to our recent pledgers who have helped us up to 40% funded! Meanwhile…

The Special Ones

Thursday, 7 March 2019


Survival Machines is 35% funded!

Team Survival, you are my ‘special ones’. That doesn’t mean I think of you as a group of Jose Mourinhos, no, I think of you as my team of amazing readers and I appreciate your incredible support! It’s been great fun talking to you about Darwin’s Soldiers and about ideas for developing the rest of The Origin Trilogy.

The first draft of Survival Machines is coming…

Survival Machines

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Thank you all for supporting ‘Survival’ – we’re nearly a quarter of the way to being funded!

I’m cracking on with writing the book (the second in ‘The Origin Trilogy’) and having a great time expanding on John’s adventures, bringing in new characters and killing off some old ones! While the story has progressed and my research has delved deeper, I’ve been thinking about the book title and I’d love…

Brand New Excerpt

Friday, 7 December 2018

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Thank you everyone for your support! I hope you all enjoyed reading Darwin’s Soldiers and are as keen to me to know what happens next? (Don’t worry - I’ve got a pretty good idea of what lies ahead for those guys)

Survival is over 20% funded already and I’ve been writing away, building the new world John and his allies discover at the end of Darwin’s Soldiers. I’ve brought in new characters, some…

SURVIVAL is launched

Thursday, 1 November 2018


We’re off and thanks to you loyal members of Team Darwin, we’ve got off to a cracking start and are already 12% funded!

Survival, the sequel to Darwin’s Soldiers and the second book of The Origin Trilogy, is officially open for pre-orders and – as a couple of you have already discovered – this is your chance to get into the story yourself, as a character.

I’m currently writing the novel, picking…

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